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Springfield inmates arrested for prison assault

SPRINGFIELD -- Two inmates in Springfield were arrested after allegedly assaulting a man in prison. Robert Hernandez and John Reddest, both 23-year-old inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison, were recently charged with aggravated assault for injurin...

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SPRINGFIELD - Two inmates in Springfield were arrested after allegedly assaulting a man in prison.

Robert Hernandez and John Reddest, both 23-year-old inmates at Mike Durfee State Prison, were recently charged with aggravated assault for injuring or attempting to injure a fellow inmate on Dec. 17, court documents state.

Hernandez and Reddest are charged with two counts of aggravated assault, Class 3 felonies, each punishable upon conviction by up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Habitual offender charges were also filed against both men, which if convicted would increase the maximum penalty of the assault charges.

Reddest has previously been convicted of first- and third-degree burglary on April 3, 2013, in Stanley County. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the South Dakota Department of Corrections, and is eligible for parole in August.

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Hernandez was convicted of possession, manufacture or distribution of child pornography on March 3, 2015, in Pennington County. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to DOC, and is eligible for parole in February 2024.

Both men were arrested more than three months after the alleged assault while they were being housed at Jameson Annex in Sioux Falls, the state's maximum-security facility.

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